The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

18th February 2018


The Precepts of the Church Will Not Save You


Parish Day of Recollection – Saturday, 3rd March: We are privileged this Lent to have Fr Pius Noonan OSB lead a Day of Recollection for Parishioners (visitors are also welcome). We will commence with Solemn Mass at 10 am. Fr Pius will give two spiritual conferences in the course of the day: “Metanoia – having a change of heart”, and “Taking our part in the Passion of Christ”. Confessions will be available at various points in the day. In addition to the Church, the facilities of Maryvale and part of the school will be made available; quiet walks can also be taken in Caulfield Park. General silence will be maintained, and retreatants are asked to bring their own cut lunch (tea and coffee will be provided). The day will conclude with Vespers and Benediction at 4 pm. The children’s catechesis will still be held that day, and additional child minding is under consideration (retreatants are asked to contact the Secretary with their details if they require extended supervision for their children). There have been numerous requests for a retreat or recollection, so it is to be hoped that this Recollection Day will be well supported. A collection will be taken on the day to show our appreciation to Fr Pius, and to provide financial support for Notre Dame Priory in Tasmania. Please be generous in your support of this new foundation.

Cardinal Burke visit & Confirmations: We are honoured that His Eminence, Raymond, Cardinal Burke, will visit our Parish again this year. With the approval of His Grace, Archbishop Hart, His Eminence will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation before Solemn Pontifical Mass at St Aloysius’ Church on Sunday, 14th Oct, 2018. We will call for candidates for Confirmation in due course.

Diaconal Ordination of Br Antoninus Maria Samy, O.P.: please pray for Br Antoninus, who has been approved for Ordination to the Diaconate in Washington D.C. on 10th March, 2018. We hope that Br Antoninus will be able to make a home visit mid-year.

Office furniture: a small Secretaire, and a bookcase with cupboards, are sitting on the front verandah of Maryvale, and are free to anyone who wishes to take them. Anyone interested is asked to contact the Secretary to arrange pick up.

Volunteers are needed urgently to assist with the following: porter duties in the vestibule from about 10 am on Sunday, including assisting newcomers with missals; hospitality after Mass, in the tea room; and the provision of transport to and from Mass, for infirm parishioners. For some time, a very small number of Parishioners has given most generously of their time and energy in these works, and deserve our deepest gratitude. For these important aspects of Parish life to be adequately supported without burdening individuals, we need a large number of volunteers to come forward. Please contact Fr Tattersall or the Secretary if you think you may be able to assist.

Church cleaning day & preparation for Holy Week – Saturday, 17th March: there will be a Church cleaning day commencing at 11 am on Saturday, 17th March. Palm Crosses will also be prepared that day under the supervision of an instructor. Volunteers are requested. A light luncheon will be provided.

Bl. John Henry’s Bookroom: do visit our revamped bookroom and tea room at the end of the verandah of Maryvale. Our thanks to the hardworking volunteers who spent much of this past Tuesday transforming the room!

Legion of Mary: the Praesidium of Mary, Mother of the Church, meets every Wednesday at Maryvale, from 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. Inquiries: Jordan McBroom, email, or Mob. 0487 380 411.

The Newman Parish Latin programme has recommenced, Classes start 10 minutes following Solemn Mass. Please contact the Parish Secretary with any inquiries, or to register.

The Book Club has resumed its weekly meetings (Thursdays from 7-8.30 pm at Maryvale). All are welcome. Contact: Stephen Jury, mob. 0433 575 087, or email:

Scripture class: the group meets at 7 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Currently, St John’s Gospel is being studied. Contact Fr Marshall for further details.

Dream of Gerontius: Parishioners might wish to attend the rarely performed “Dream of Gerontius” Thursday 8th March (7.30 pm) or Saturday 10th March (2 pm), at Hamer Hall. Bl. John Henry Newman’s moving poem describing the movement of a Christian soul from his death bed to Judgment was set to sublime music by Sir Edward Elgar. Visit .

Pastoral Council elections: the existing Pastoral Council of the Newman Parish having recently completed its two year term, nominations are now being received for a new Council. Nomination forms are available in the vestibule and on line. Completed forms may be given to one of the Fathers, mailed to the Parish Secretary, or placed in one of the Sunday collections. Nominations close Monday, 26th February.